Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pregnancy 2.0 Weeks 13-17

I am getting all caught up! Partly because I have been epically failing on writing notes for each week. I wasn't taking down as many because I kept thinking I was almost caught up and was going to be blogging each week.

My excuses are that I have been reading a lot! I just finished Gone Girl.

Week 13
The biggest development this week was that I was up until 10:45 one night! I felt like I real adult and person! This was followed by one early night and then staying up past 10 again! I think the end of the fatigue is near.

We, ok I, decided we will do a gender reveal party. Part of this decision is from our friends who waited to find out the gender until Christmas with their families and they found it really special, so I like the idea of finding out in a way that is more interesting than just having the ultrasound tech tell us. The other part of the decision is I realized that I really feel comfortable with either gender.
Vander would have so much fun with a brother or a sister. There are clear practical pros and cons to either, like if we have another boy we have all the clothes and things already so we save a lot of money there. But mostly it doesn't matter as long as they are happy and healthy!

I also got my very first ever massage and facial this week! I went to visit my sister in Casper, WY (which is in between where we both live). I had told them I was pregnant when I made the appointment and it was going to work out perfect since they don't do massages before 13 weeks! Apparently that memo didn't make it to be massage therapist, but it worked out just fine. It was so amazingly relaxing!

Week 14

We made our announcement this week! I had made calls to people after our 12 week appointment but it ended up being Friday, the first day of week 14, that I was able to get the picture taken! So excited about having a Harry Potter themed pregnancy :)

Kicks started! By far one of the best things about being pregnant is the kicks and I got my first little flutters at the very beginning of fourteen weeks! They are definitely not going to be big enough for others to experience for a good while, but kicking makes it that much more real! But the hard part about feeling kicks this early is that I am not allowed to worry about not feeling them too much at this point, since the baby is still small and if she turns the other way I can't feel them at all. So exciting though! Almost 10 weeks earlier than my last pregnancy!

I had a serious craving, which has since happened again: chips and salsa. It could be chips and queso, chips and guacamole, chips and pico or chips and salsa, any would do. It literally was distracted thinking about chips and salsa for 15 minutes at work.

I have definitely had some interesting dreams, but I had a gender dream! Which I don't think ever happened with Vander. I dreamt about our gender reveal party and it was a girl!

I started to get really excited about having another baby after seeing all the little babies at the zoo this weekend! I am very curious how Vander will do interacting with a baby, so we may need to test this out soon. He is finally nicer to the dogs, but has been in a pinching phase with his mommy though...

The belly has been slowly but consistently growing, to the point where I have starting using it as a shelf for drinks and food when I am reclining.

Week 15
I really think this week was a blur with work and life, so nothing to note on the baby front!

Week 16

We went to Nebraska this weekend. Thank goodness I am past my tired stage since Vander kept going to bed really late. We were in town for the wedding is one of Dylan's friends. Vander was super busy, but had a ton of fun at everything.

We visited my family Sunday and I finally got a chance to meet my cousin's identical twin boys who are now about six months old. Which also meant I got to see how Vander was around a baby. I had one of the boys in my lap and Vander noticed, so he came and sat on the other side of my lap and he slowly edged the baby out of my lap. It was pretty funny. Then I was holding the other twin later and Vander was checking out his shirt and petting his head and did really well. So I think there is hope that at least he wasn't mean to them!

I had to get new clothes for the wedding since we didn't realize it was outside. I probably wouldn't have had anything to wear anyways that was appropriate for a Fall wedding. I managed to keep the maternity shopping to four items, including one other pair of jeans. I can wear jeans at my office basically every day, so I now have two maternity pairs which is nice.

I had a basic baby doctor appointment this week. No ultrasound (boo! It feels like it has been forever since I saw the baby!), but I did get to hear the heartbeat. More blood drawn, but all our tests came back on the good side.

Week 17

I had a couple "heavy belly" days, where I was very belly conscious and could just feel the extra weight.

The extra weight could be all the food I allow myself to eat... I have a bowl of cereal at home at 7:30 before I leave, then a second breakfast at around 10:00, usually oatmeal or toast with almond butter, then lunch at 12 or so, followed by one sweet snack and one crunchy snack, and then dinner. I have only had a couple nights where I eat another bowl of cereal or something after Vander goes to bed.

I really probably only eat an extra 300-500 calories though, so that isn't too terrible, since you are supposed to be eating around 300 more per day. I don't eat breakfast before work when I am not pregnant and just have oatmeal or toast at like 8:30 at work. 

And so far week 18 is going well!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pregnancy 2.0 Weeks 10 - 12

Let's get caught up! I cannot believe how busy my last two weeks have been! I normally book our weekends pretty solid, but I have had a lot of things going on during the week too, so I really haven't been near a computer outside of work hours.

Week 10:

I finally, maybe am feeling a little better. I think that is mostly because my running buddy was out of town this week, so I got to sleep in past 5am all week. 

One of my first cravings happened, Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies. I mentioned them to Dylan and he stopped and bought them for me on the way home. Such a good husband!

Dylan really has been a rock star! He has stepped up a lot and has been letting me get a little more down time. 

Generally I still hate picking food to eat, since nothing sounds good, besides cookies!

I am starting to get impatient for kicking! Last time I was pregnant I had an anterior placenta, so I didn't really get to feel Vander until around 23 weeks. Per online, I could feel the baby as soon as 13 weeks with this being my second. So that will be exciting! I won't find out until my next ultrasound at 12 weeks where my placenta is at. 

Week 11:

How does my stomach feel so small already?! Ugh I feel like I have heartburn all the time and my stomach is unhappy! Tums and Zantac are my BFFs already. 

All of my less tiredness from last week went out the window over the weekend since I woke up in the middle of the night for two and a half hours and then the next night I was the designated driver for my friends bachelorette party. Speaking of which, I would not recommend a strip club while pregnant. I am in the awkward "fat or pregnant?" stage, so that is not helpful when you are surrounded by mostly naked women in pole dancing shape. 

This week I realized one of the major benefits of having a second child, especially so close to your first. I already know what daycare the new baby will go to and what pediatrician we will use, which were such significant decisions the first time. 

Week 12:

My last surge of energy was apparently just a tease, I have definitely been back to bedtime right after Vander. I will eventually see Dylan again!

Apparently I didn't order my stuff for our announcement early enough to tell everyone this week on Facebook and this blog, so I guess I will just have to wait. That gives me ample time to make the necessary phone calls and texts after our appointment on Wednesday. 

Our appointment went well! I finally, finally feel like my fears are 97% gone! I shouldn't have been too concerned since clearly mommy's tummy has been growing but the little missy grew a lot too! It was absolutely amazing to see her. She was just hanging out and sleeping, then stretched her legs a little bit. It was beautiful. I couldn't believe how big she is already! As my doctor said, they pretty much just get bigger now, everything is all there and in place. This pregnancy finally feels comfortable now and while I previously had definitive moments of being in love with the little baby inside me, I feel infinitely more connected to her now that she has an actual shape and maybe a little more personality to me. 

Vander was always really busy in his ultrasounds, so I feel like this baby, boy or girl, might be a little more laid back (maybe like Dylan?). That could also be wishful thinking like the girl part! I hope she is at least just short of driving us too crazy where we still want a third kid. 

The heartbeat was 158, and everything was measuring right on track. The NT scan was right in the healthy range. 

We are both so excited and so blessed!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bridal Shower: High Tea and Tiffany's Theme

One of my long time friends got married a couple weeks ago and I was honored to be able to host the bridal shower the week before!

It was a more intimate wedding, so there were six of us invited to and attending the bridal shower. The small size was perfect since it meant I could spend a little extra on the details and it made for a great intimate atmosphere. 

A couple of us had been to the Brown Palace for high tea a couple months before and absolutely loved it, so I thought that might be a fun way to do brunch since it was a small group. 

I started out by ordering these gorgeous invitations that were all high tea themed:

The invites were perfect for the atmosphere of the event and so much fun to pick out (Thank you Zazzle!)

The color of the wedding was Tiffany Blue, so I used that as the color theme for the rest of the shower.

Since we were going to a restaurant more of less, that meant I didn't need to coordinate food or drinks or much decoration, so it was probably the easiest bridal shower I will ever throw! That left me time and energy to pull together some activities for us to do during the shower.

After some research into options, I chose to do an advice card, a "Finish the Phrase" game and some wedding trivia. I pulled together my stuff from various online places and printed them on Tiffany Blue card stock. The advice cards were separate and the games were on either side of the same piece. It ended up being the perfect amount of activity to keep the conversation flowing and entertain us while we enjoyed our tea and snacks.
They really were Tiffany Blue, but my lighting was terrible

Since it was a small group, I did a favor for everyone that included cookies from a bakery I have used before, nail polish in Tiffany Blue, and eos lip balm since they come in Tiffany Blue.

I had gotten everything ready the day before since I had a terrible dream the bride moved the party up a day to her mom's house and I forgot half of her stuff... 

The day of I set up the table and took some pictures of the setting. I completely forgot to take pictures of the actual food and tea, but we got to pick three teas and we get a three tiered tray full of scones, mini sandwiches and little desserts. It is all super delicious. 

The whole event was so much fun to plan and to be at! I loved every minute of it. I think I probably enjoyed it more than my own bridal shower just because I am a planner at heart and liked knowing what was going on and being involved in all of it. 

I think everyone else had a great time too!
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